Internet Works Begins Next Chapter as Trade Association
Washington, D.C. – For more than three years, the Internet Works coalition has worked diligently to advocate for the interests of small and medium-sized technology companies in a policy environment that has nearly exclusively focused on “big tech.” Internet Works companies, which include established mid-tier tech players, help people find employment, feel trust whether booking a vacation or calling a plumber, facilitate communities both online and off, plan events, buy and sell handcrafted items and much more.
Since its formation, Internet Works has focused on sharing its members’ points of view in a policy conversation and educating policymakers on the disproportionate impacts of policy proposals on smaller technology companies of varied business models and the communities they serve. Activities have included hosting virtual events about issues of crucial importance to the internet ecosystem – including Section 230; meetings with policymakers at the federal and state levels; filing two amicus briefs at the United States Supreme Court; and more. Internet Works is excited to take the Coalition’s work to the next level by formally becoming a trade association, thereby enhancing its mission of ensuring federal and state policymakers understand the consequences of blunt changes to these laws, including limiting effective content moderation efforts, reducing competition and imperiling consumer choice.
Internet Works and its 18 members represent different corners of the internet ecosystem, all of whom are committed to acting responsibly to protect users while competing in their respective markets. Each Internet Works member will have a representative on the board for the new trade association.
Of the board members, the following will serve in leadership positions:
- Laura Bisesto, Nextdoor – Chair
- Matt Jensen, Indeed – Vice Chair
- Caitlin Brosseau, Tripadvisor – Treasurer
- Erika Barros, Vimeo – Secretary
“We’re very excited about this next chapter for Internet Works,” said Laura Bisesto, Chair of Internet Works’ Board. “We recognize that a lot is happening in the tech policy space right now, specifically with Section 230 and content moderation, and we want to ensure that small and medium-sized tech companies and platforms, and their users, are a part of the conversations happening in Congress and in state legislatures across the country. We are proud of all the work we’ve done as Internet Works in the past, and we look forward to continuing to engage on these issues with lawmakers in our new capacity.”
“Internet Works was founded to ensure the conversation around Section 230, content moderation and other tech policies included the diverse set of companies and platforms that exist online. Our goal in this new edition of Internet Works remains just that, and we’re eager to get started,” said Caitlin Brosseau, Treasurer of Internet Works’ Board.
To learn more about Internet Works and its policy priorities, visit: TheInternet.Works
Davey McKissick for Internet Works